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Dr Robert Ross

BA/BSc UOA, BSc UOA, MSc UOA, PhD Macq.

Robert Ross

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : robross45@yahoo.com.au

External Address

Department of Psychology
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Awards

  • CCD Excellence in Research Student Award: Outstanding 2014 Publication (2015), Ross, R.M. ($1,000)
  • CCD Excellence in Research Student Award: Outstanding 2013 publication (2013), Ross, R.M. ($500)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • John Templeton Foundation (2017 - 2019) "Mapping the psychology of unbelief across contexts and cultures." (£149,428) Jong, J., McKay, R., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Gervais, W., Lanman, J., Pennycook, G., & Ross, R. ($251,776)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Jong, J., Ross, R., Philip, T., Chang, S.-H., Simons, N., & Halberstadt, J. (In Press). The religious correlates of death anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Religion, Brain & Behavior. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2016.1238844
  • Pennycook, G., Ross, R.M., Koehler, D.J., & Fugelsang, J.A. (In Press). Dunning-Kruger effects in reasoning: Further implications of the failure to recognize incompetence. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. doi:10.3758/s13423-017-1242-7
  • Ross, R.M., & McKay, R. (2017). Why is belief in God not a delusion? Religion, Brain & Behavior, 7(4), 316-319. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2016.1249917
  • Ross, R.M., & McKay, R. (In Press). Shamanism and the psychosis continuum. Invited commentary on "Singh". Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
  • Ross, R.M., Hartig, B., & McKay, R. (2017). Analytic cognitive style predicts paranormal explanations of anomalous experiences but not the experiences themselves: Implications for cognitive theories of delusions. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 56, 90-96. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.08.018
  • McKay, R., Ross, R.M., O'Lone, K., & Efferson, C. (2016). The error of god, revisited. Religion, Brain & Behavior. [Link]
  • Pennycook, G., & Ross, R.M. (2016). Cognitive reflection vs. calculation in decision making [Commentary]. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 9. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00009
  • Pennycook, G., Ross, R.M., Koehler, D.J., & Fugelsang, J.A. (2016). Atheists and agnostics are more reflective than religious believers: Four empirical studies and a meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 11(4), e0153039. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153039
  • Ross, R., Pennycook, G., McKay, R., Gervais, W.M., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2016). Analytic cognitive style, not delusional ideation, predicts data gathering in a large beads task study. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 21(4), 300-314. doi:10.1080/13546805.2016.1192025
  • Ross, R.M., & Atkinson, Q.D. (2016). Folktale transmission in the Arctic provides evidence for high bandwidth social learning among hunter-gatherer groups. Evolution & Human Behavior, 37(1), 47-53. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.08.001
  • Ross, R.M., & Atkinson, Q.D. (2016). Cultural differentiation does not entail group-level structure: The case for geographically explicit analysis [Commentary]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, e49. doi:10.1017/S0140525X15000217
  • Ross, R.M., McKay, R., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2016). Perception, cognition, and delusions [Commentary on Firestone & Scholl, 2016]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, e258. doi:10.1017/S0140525X15002691
  • Ross, R.M., McKay, R., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2015). Jumping to conclusions about the beads task? A meta-analysis of delusional ideation and data-gathering. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41(5), 1183-1191. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbu187
  • Ross, R.M., Greenhill, S.J., & Atkinson, Q.D. (2013). Population structure and cultural geography of a folktale in Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280(1756), 20123065. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.3065
  • Ross, R.M., McNair, N.A., Fairhall, S.L., Clapp, W.C., Hamm, J.P., Teyler, T.J., & Kirk, I.J. (2008). Induction of orientation-specific LTP-like changes in human visual evoked potentials by rapid sensory stimulation. Brain Research Bulletin, 76(1-2), 97-101. doi:10.1016/j.brainresbull.2008.01.021
  • Gray, R.D., Greenhill, S.J., & Ross, R.M. (2007). The pleasures and perils of Darwinizing culture (using phylogenies). Biological Theory, 2(4), 360-375.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Jong, R., Ross, R., McKay, R., & Halberstadt, J. (2017, July). Traumatic life events and religiosity in eight countries. Paper presented at the 18th General Meeting of The European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), Granada, Spain.
  • Ross, R., McKay, R., Jong, J. & Halberstadt, J. (2017, July). The relationship between life events and religiosity: A priming study. Paper presented at the 18th General Meeting of The European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), Granada, Spain.
  • Ross, R.M., Greenhill, S., & Atkinson, Q.D. (2017, March). The "population genetics" of folktales. Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society of Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, USA.
  • Jong, J., Halberstadt, J., Ross, R.M., Cardwell, B., & McKay, R. (2017, January). Traumatic life events and religiosity. Paper presented at the Templeton Foundation Gods in Minds Workshop, San Antonio, USA.
  • Ross, R., Jong, J., Halberstadt, J., & McKay, R. (2016, August). Traumatic life events and religiosity in eight countries. Paper presented at the 6th Biennial Meeting of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Ross, R.M., Jong, J., Philip, T., Chang, S.-H., Simons, N., & Halberstadt, J. (2016, August). A meta-analysis of the relationship between death anxiety and religiosity. Paper presented at the 6th Biennial Meeting of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Ross, R.M. & Atkinson, Q.D. (2015, November). Folktale transmission in the Arctic provides evidence for high bandwidth social learning among hunter-gatherer groups. Paper presented at the London Evolutionary Research Network Annual Conference, Queen Mary University of London.
  • Ross, R.M. (2014, August). Population structure and cultural geography of a folktale in Europe. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Ross, R.M., Gray, R.D. & Campbell, L. (2008, June). The Uto-Aztecans: foragers from the north or farmers from the south? Paper presented at the Human Behavior & Evolution Society 20th Annual Conference, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Ross, R.M., Gray, R.D. & Campbell, L. (2008, February). The Uto-Aztecans: foragers from the north or farmers from the south? Paper presented at the New Zealand Phylogenetics Conference, Whitianga, New Zealand.

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